Some people are on my intercession list that I know very little about other than their names. Often they are folks who someone I know has asked me to pray for, but has only given me the briefest of outlines of their needs. One of these people is a woman whom a colleague at my work asked me to pray for a few months ago. The woman was to undergo major surgery. My co-worker told me how kind this woman had been to her family and how for many years she has lived with a great deal of pain. The hope was that the operation would help to reduce some of her pain, although it would not likely solve the problem completely. The patient’s name was added to my list, along with that of her husband who has also been a huge support to my friend’s family. I continue to pray for her long after the surgery is over, because I know it takes a long time for the body to heal completely. When I sense a nudging from the Spirit that it is time to leave her in God’s hands so that He can provide someone else to pray for her, if necessary, I remove her name from my list.
Friends and acquaintances sometimes request prayers for family members. Two close friends have recently asked for my intercession for their adult children who are experiencing problems in their marriages. Domestic problems like these tear at the hearts of parents who can do little but stand by and pray for the intimate relationships of their children.
The other couple is dealing with the addiction of one of the members of the couple that is causing economic hardship for the whole family. The children are younger and may not be aware of the reason for the problems in their household. They only feel the tension between their parents. My prayer is for both the children of this couple and the parents. Again, the situation seems impossible unless the parent with the addiction is willing to seek help. Yet, with all my heart, I continue to believe even such a gloomy situation can be changed if the couple will in some way move to invite the Lord to be involved in their relationship.